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Discussions Discussion Internet’s Role in Popular Uprising
Steurt Strickland, Feb. 18, 2012

Putin on trial? Fake video goes viral in Russia:

A startlingly realistic fake “breaking news” video purporting to show the arrest and trial of Vladimir Putin has gone viral, garnering well over 3 million hits since it was posted on YouTube on Monday.

Styled as a breaking news item, it also charges Putin under Article 205 of Russia’s criminal code “as a person who assisted in an act of terrorism to intimidate the population.”

Any Russian will immediately recognize this as a reference to a still unsolved 1999 wave of apartment bombings that killed almost 300 people in their sleep, transfixed Russians with fear, and led to the overwhelming victory of the tough-talking former KGB agent, Putin, in parliamentary and subsequent presidential polls.

Very creative and powerful use of social media for political protest, here!

http://youtube.com/watch?v=sUZ_duWCXI4
Steurt Strickland
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Discussions Discussion Internet’s Role in Popular Uprising
Nina Dumas, Feb. 6, 2012

Feminist punk band Pussy Riot take revolt to the Kremlin

Anonymous band with provocative anti-Putin lyrics – who have become a symbol of Russian youth’s discontent – are preparing for their next surprise performance.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/02/pussy-riot-protest-russia

The band began writing songs with lyrics such as: “Egyptian air is good for the lungs / Do Tahrir on Red Square!” and performing on trams and in the metro. Videos of the flash gigs began spreading across the internet. When the protest leader Alexey Navalny was jailed for 15 days after his arrest during Russia’s first post-election protest on 5 December, three members of Pussy Riot took to the roof of the jail where he was being held, setting off red flares as they sang “Death to prison / Freedom to protest!”

http://youtube.com/watch?v=CZUhkWiiv7M
Nina Dumas
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  • JP Lopez JP Lopez Feb. 8, 2012
    This is awesome. Where can i buy their CD?!!!

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Discussions Discussion Internet’s Role in Popular Uprising
Hillary Campbell, Jan. 29, 2012

Cars Circle Central Moscow in Anti-Putin Protest

Thousands of cars flying white ribbons or balloons circled central Moscow on Sunday in a show of protest against Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. More protesters stood along the side of the road waving white ribbons and flags as the vehicles passed, their horns blaring.

Putin is running in a March 4 presidential election to reclaim the post he held from 2000 to 2008. He is expected to win, but is under pressure to show he can win fairly.

The protest movement has been driven by young professionals, cultural figures and other members of the urban middle class, many of them connected through online social networks.

http://en.ria.ru/society/20120129/171015604.html
Hillary Campbell
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Discussions Discussion Space Travel
Kim Hsu, Jan. 16, 2012

Russian space probe crashes into Pacific

A Russian space probe designed to boost the nation’s pride on a bold mission to a moon of Mars has come down in flames, showering fragments into the south Pacific west of Chile’s coast, officials said.

The probe, named Phobos-Ground, was designed to travel to one of Mars’ twin moons, Phobos, land on it, collect soil samples and fly them back to Earth in 2014 in one of the most daunting interplanetary missions ever. It got stranded in Earth’s orbit after its November 9 launch, and efforts by Russian and European Space Agency experts to bring it back to life failed.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=l7UBSlUahUU
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Discussions Discussion Global Geopolitics
Bedford Wells, Jan. 10, 2012

How the West is wholly missing China’s geopolitical focus

China is capitalizing on vast space for influence to its west in Central Asia - not in Asia-Pacific as perceived by the West.

http://oilandglory.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/01/09/how_the_west_is_wholly_missing_chinas_geopolitical_focus

Case in point: China’s choice of Turkmen, Kazakh and Uzbek gas imports, over importing from Russia, has forced Russia’s Gazprom to reassess its regional strategy. While Gazprom’s price negotiations with Moscow have slogged on over the last five years…five years, the China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC) has cobbled together and upgraded largely existing transportation infrastructure to create the China-Central Asia gas pipeline. The resulting shift in the region’s energy geopolitics reflects China’s rise.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=TU5AS82cOJw
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Discussions Discussion Nukes post-Fukushima
Phong Ma, Dec. 30, 2011

Russia says nuclear sub fire ‘contained’

Russia said it had brought a blaze aboard a nuclear submarine under control on Friday by partially submerging the vessel at a naval shipyard, after hours of dousing the flames with water from helicopters and tug boats. Officials said that the submarine’s nuclear reactors had been shut down and posed no danger.

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/c9b30a54-32c3-11e1-a51e-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1i0wgtvBu

http://youtube.com/watch?v=JTrbfhGLuzI&feature=player_embedded#!
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Steurt Strickland, Dec. 26, 2011

Largest protest since collapse of Soviet Union rocks Russia

Russia’s leadership was forced to defend its legitimacy yesterday after about 100,000 demonstrators rallied in central Moscow to demand democratic reform and fair elections in the largest wave of popular dissent since the fall of the Soviet Union.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/largest-protest-since-collapse-of-soviet-union-rocks-russia-6281549.html

This comes on the heels of the arrest of Russia’s top political bloggers Alexei Navalny for protesting against election fraud.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=rETI5bUNFrM&feature=player_embedded
Steurt Strickland
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Discussions Discussion Global Geopolitics
Steurt Strickland, Dec. 23, 2011

Oil and geopolitics: a turbulent year, and no end in sight

Kazakhstan unrest — violence in the western city of Zhanaozen in which some 14 protesting oil workers were killed — caps an extraordinarily turbulent year in the world’s oil regions.

The distribution of power has been shaken up in the Magreb countries of Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, and violence continues to threaten the rulers of Syria and Yemen.

Saudi Arabia is spending some $130 billion to stave off its own public dissatisfaction.

In Russia, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s seemingly unassailable hold on power has been challenged by a botched decision to return to the Kremlin, and a rigged parliamentary election.

All in all, the uprisings have helped to push annual average oil prices to their highest level in history, exceeding $100 a barrel.

Look for the global turbulence to continue well into next year… good analysis at the URL:

http://oilandglory.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/12/22/oil_and_geopolitics_a_turbulent_year_and_no_end_in_sight

This week’s eyewitness video of police killing and beating of protesting Kazakhstan oil workers

http://youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=XKXzcylIjPE
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Discussions Discussion Internet’s Role in Popular Uprising
Steurt Strickland, Dec. 7, 2011

Russia cracks down on election protesters:

Russian police have arrested leading political opposition figures and prominent internet bloggers. Alexei Navalny, Russia’s best known blogger, a renowned Kremlin critic, was arrested for protesting against fraud in last weekend’s election.

http://www.abc.net.au/am/content/2011/s3385172.htm

Bloggers Alexei and Andrew are waiting and say they’re not surprised by the large numbers of detentions during one of the biggest protests in Moscow in years.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=JdqJAIa9268
Steurt Strickland
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  • JP Lopez JP Lopez Dec. 8, 2011
    I think that such political leaders may view their undemocratic actions as a consolidation of their personal power which they will hand down to their progeny. Also, the personal wealth such leaders illegally amass (think Mugabe, Ghadaffi, Putin, etc.), in their minds, will insulate their progeny from the instability and misery created by their undemocratic leadership.
  • srini n srini n Dec. 8, 2011
    @ JP Lopez: Yes I too suspect that they live under such illusions. (Hope they are illusions!) The point is can the progeny live in peace, freedom and enjoy those illegally amassed wealth? Unlikely. In which case what use grabbing so much wealth?

    Like Victor Hugo said we are just candidates for humanity - make it homo sapiens!
  • Steurt Strickland Steurt Strickland Dec. 11, 2011
    Their children can usually “live well” with the protection of their own personal armies…until the day they veer to the wrong side of the super-power [foreign government or corporation] that supported their dictatorship in the first place… and then the story has a bad habit of repeating itself far too many times
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Discussions Discussion Dance - Contemporary, Modern & Urban
Amy Sutherland, Dec. 5, 2011

Moscow’s Center for Contemporary Dance and Performance, TsEKh, kicked off its annual Festival of Theater Dance this weekend. Now in its eleventh year, Moscow audiences are being treated to a weeklong kaleidoscope of some of the best contemporary dance, theater and performance around. In a city dominated by the Bolshoi in particular and ballet in general, the festival, which runs through Dec. 11, offers a rare opportunity to see a more experimental side of dance.

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/arts_n_ideas/article/tsekh-fest-offers-best-of-contemporary-dance/449202.html

Here’s “Sad Tropics” (Tristi Tropici) by Virgilio Sieni, one of two Italian shows that will finish the TsEKh contemporary dance festival.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rODsfXKSNvo
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